Nordic Roots Revival
Garmarna was founded in 1990. Stefan Brisland-Ferner, Gotte Ringqvist and Rickard Westman were inspired by old Swedish music, which they had heard in a theatre. They began searching for old tunes and instruments. After two years of playing together, Jens Höglin joined the band on drums.
In 1992 the band recorded their first EP. They thought that female vocals would provide a contrast to the dark mood of their music and invited Emma Härdelin, a long-time friend of the band, as the guest vocalist on the EP. She officially joined the band in 1993. The debut EP sold well in Sweden, and helped the band tour in Scandinavia.
Following Vedergällningen, the band returned to the studio to complete the full-length Hildegard von Bingen album, which was released in 2001. The tracks in this album are based on the compositions of 12th century German abbess Hildegard of Bingen, and the lyrics are in Latin and produced by House[clarification needed] producer eric s [sic].
In 2003, their first EP was released as a full album with six bonus tracks.
In 2016, the band released their sixth album called 6.
In 2018, Garmarna initiated a Kickstarter-campaign to raise funds for a new album to be released in 2019.
- Stefan Brisland-Ferner – violin, hurdy-gurdy, sampler – on Garmarna (2003): jews harp, viola
- Emma Härdelin – vocals, violin
- Jens Höglin – drums, percussion – on Garmarna (2003): death grunts
- Gotte Ringqvist – guitar, violin, backing vocals – on Garmarna (2003): lute guitar, jews harp
- Rickard Westman – guitar, bass, e-bow – on Garmarna (2003): bouzouki, lute guitar
- Garmarna (1993, EP)
- Vittrad (Withered) (1994)
- Guds spelemän (The fiddlers of God) (1996)
- Vedergällningen (Vengeance) (1999)
- Hildegard von Bingen (2001)
- Garmarna (2003, re-release of the 1993 EP with 6 bonus tracks) [NorthSide, Minneapolis, 2001]
- 6 (2016)
- "Herr Holger" (Sir Holger) (1996)
- "En gång ska han gråta" (Some time he will cry) (1997)
- "Euchari" (1999)
- "Gamen" (The Vulture) (1999)
- "Över gränsen" (2015) (over the border)
- "Rastlös" (Rasta Hunden) in compilation We're Only in It for the Money (1999)
- Nordic Woman (2012)
In popular culture
The single "Gamen" was featured in the 2003 video game Project Gotham Racing 2.
- Official website (not updated since 2005)
- New band website
- Northside biography
- muzu.tv All videos
- Interview in 2001
- GlobalVillageIdiot's Interview
- Interview from The Pure Drop